#Freebooks Reviews

If anybody would like a FREE copy of any of my books in exchange for a review on Amazon, I’d be more than happy to send you a copy via email.

Please send me a short note, and I’ll be in touch: adonnellywriter@yahoo.com


Here’s a quick overview of the titles I currently have online:

CHARLIE THE MIGRATING SNAIL: a young, curious snail sets off on anĀ  adventure to find answers to all the questions in his head, and is very surprised by what he discovers.

THE COCKROACH CHRONICLES: a cockroach explores the world of The Enemy (humans) to discover why they are hated so much. A reflection on humanity and a mirror to how we, as humans, are not living in balance with the natural world.

MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCUP – The Adventure Begins: a quaint fairytale about a common garden gnome that hiccups his way into a magical kingdom.

MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCIP – The Teapot’s Revenge: part two of the story of a special garden gnome, that rescues the Princess and her friends, and becomes a hero afterall.


I’ll also post the reviews on this blog, and if you have a link to your site, or books, I’ll add them to my resources section.


Many thanks for your help and support.




Spiritual Quotations: “As We Enter…”

Since I was a young lad, I have always enjoyed quotations of all types, but especially those of an inspirational or spiritual nature.

Many I have altered over the years and added a new spin to, as they either didn’t make sense or resonate with me, or I simply felt they just didn’t go far enough. In moments of contemplation and meditation – often while writing – little gems fall into my mind.

This is the case with the quotation below, that appears in one of my ‘children’s stories for adults’, The Cockroach Chronicles.


“As we enter, so shall we exit.

What we leave behind can be

a beach to walk upon, or

footprints in the sand.”


In expansion of this quotation, some of my readers have wondered if there was a hierarchy to this. That is to say was I implying that creating a beach to walk upon was a better pursuit than merely walking upon one. My point doesn’t draw a comparison, as the opening suggests, we arrive with none of the illusionary, physical trappings many of us strive to acquire during our short ‘vacation’ here in this strange, perceived reality, and we cannot take any of that ‘stuff’ with us at the end. What we can do in this preciously short period of experience is create something of pleasure for us (and others) to enjoy, or enjoy all the wonderful things that are already here. It is all transitory and impermanent.

We came here to share and enjoy all the love and beauty that surrounds us.


Lesson One for Writers

Firstly allow me to say a very big thank you to all the people that have started to follow me so early on with my new blog site. Even though I’ve been writing for decades (on and off) it is always encouraging to have such early support.

Working with a new writer recently – and a frustrated one at that – I felt it might be useful to share the tidbit of guidance I offered her. She isn’t alone in her predicament, as I’ve offered this pointer to a hundred or so aspiring authors. After writers’ block, this rates as likely the biggest hurdle to actually finishing a manuscript.

Whether you are writing a short piece of prose or a full length novel, many find it hard not to ‘edit as they go along’. It takes discipline to write until you’re finished, but it is essential to start writing and not stop until you have reached the end. Yes, if we have breaks in our writing time (and certainly as we get deeper into the story) we need to review what we’ve written to keep the plot and characters on track, but DON’T DO ANY EDITS at this stage (apart from the obvious typos you spot as you read through). Time and again I have worked with new writers that have written about three chapters, and when we sit down to review where they are, they are busily rewriting chapter one!

What happened?

Usually, as they read back over what they had written to pick up their train of thought, a sentence or a paragraph didn’t gell, or didn’t read well. So, what do they do? They set about rewriting it. As they do this, new ideas come to them, and they make major alterations to the plot in chapter one. Obviously, this alters what happens in chapter two, and so on. Constantly cycling through the first three chapters creates frustration, and many end up just dropping the project, because it has changed from their original idea.


If you notice part of your work that you’d like to edit while you are still in the WRITING stage, at most, merely make a note or highlight the offending section, DO NOT on any account start making changes. Speed reading to get the ‘gist’ of what you’ve already written can help you avoid getting caught up in early editing distractions, as can having a clean plan and outline for writing your manuscript (and I’ll be posting about planning and structuring your writing schedule in another post).

As always, if you have any comments or wish to contact me, please shoot me an email or post your comment below.

Remember, writing can be a lonely pursuit, but the internet has allowed us to transcend physical barriers to communication and can greatly assist us stay motivated and motivate others. You are not alone!


Anthony Donnelly



FREE Wallpaper…?

A dramatic title, perhaps – and I can’t wait for the flood of folks that are going to tell me how I can (potentially) make a million dollars and travel the world selling wallpaper online – but, sadly, no, this is just free wallpaper for whomever would like it. They are fun and interesting (IMO) photos taken from my phone when I was on the beach… I’m all for people making a living, but really… this is rather reminiscent of the foreign chaps charging to take your pic on the beach once upon a time… certain things should be free:

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Isn’t it amazing how Mother Nature is still the greatest artist in the world…


Thank you for finding and stopping by my author site.

Please pop back regularly for updates on new works-in-progress, reviews, musings, and spiritual observations. From time to time I shall be posting more in depth articles about various spiritual themes and awakenings that I allude to in my Children’s stories and writings.

As always, I encourage comments, suggestions, personal reviews and feedback.

Many thanks!



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